McKevitt Urges Women To Get Annual Mammograms

May 9, 2007
Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) today joined forces with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, the state’s official breast cancer hot line, in its annual Mother’s Day Campaign that urges women to get annual mammograms.

“One of the most important ways we can honor the women in our lives this Mother’s Day is to urge them to schedule appointments with their physicians for mammograms. Nearly 12,000 women throughout New York state are affected annually by breast cancer. Early detection, yearly mammograms and annual breast exams by doctors will help women increase their chances for survival,” said McKevitt

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program receives nearly 4,000 calls each year from concerned women and men throughout the state.

“The best weapon we have against breast cancer is early detection,” said McKevitt. “I hope that this Mother’s Day people will urge their loved ones to get a mammogram. Approximately 95 percent of all mammograms prove to be normal.”

For more information and to locate an accredited mammography facility nearby, call the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program toll-free at (800) 877-8077. Callers can also receive emotional support from the hotline’s specially trained volunteers, most of whom are women who have had breast cancer.

The hotline, in existence for 27 years, is a project of the Adelphi University School of Social Work on Long Island, and is funded by various grants and donations, including the state Legislature and Health Department. All services are free.